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Health Ministry Trying To Raise Dengue Awareness

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Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy is hoping that a strategy could be developed to tackle early detection of dengue in the society since there has been a slight increase of the disease over the years. The minister was addressing participants of a five day workshop which is geared at developing a draft Integrated Management Strategy for Dengue Prevention and Control in Guyana.

The draft proposal will serve as a model for adaptation by the health sector which will set the agenda to ensure appropriate monitoring and evaluation of dengue. The document will also include a comprehensive preparedness plan for action if a dengue outbreak is to occur.

The workshop is being facilitated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and a team of eight persons will work along the various health officials in developing the draft document.

PAHO Representative, Adrianus Vlugman believes more work is needed in dealing with dengue since it is a disease that cannot be cured.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in 2008 Guyana saw an increase in the number of reported cases compared to 2007 which recorded only 362 which were mostly from the coastal areas namely regions one, three and four.

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